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Workers' compensation: Accidents may be concern in North Carolina

Working with any type of equipment may run the risk of the equipment malfunctioning and individuals being negatively affected. This risk does not apply just to heavy machinery used on construction sites. Individuals could be injured or killed under a variety of circumstances while on the job, and if such outcomes do result, individuals or their families may be entitled to workers' compensation.

North Carolina workers may be interested in a recent accident that took place in another state. Reports stated that a worker at a hotel had apparently entered a freezer and became trapped. It was not immediately noticed that the woman was missing, and concern was not raised until the woman's husband contacted a hotel manager after she did not come home. After looking at a surveillance video, the woman was spotted entering the freezer, but not exiting.

The woman died after being trapped for 13 hours in negative temperatures. As a result, many workers in the hotel are hoping that the freezer will be removed and that new regulations will be implemented to prevent such accidents. Investigations into the incident indicated that a malfunction with the freezer may have resulted in her becoming trapped. 

The family of the woman killed in this work accident are undoubtedly devastated by the event, and they may be entitled to workers' compensation. North Carolina residents who have lost family members in workplace accidents may also qualify for such benefits. Information on how these benefits may help and what the process may be for obtaining compensation could help interested individuals determine whether their circumstances could qualify.

Source:, "Hotel workers seek new safety measures after freezer death", Jeff Martin, Sept. 29, 2016

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